Wells, ME
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Wells is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 10,073 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Wells is the 22nd largest community in Maine.

Wells home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Wells real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Wells is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Wells is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wells who work in management occupations (11.80%), sales jobs (11.06%), and office and administrative support (8.02%).

Also of interest is that Wells has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.40% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Wells is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Wells has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Wells a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Wells is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In terms of college education, Wells is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.29% of adults in Wells have a college degree.

The per capita income in Wells in 2010 was $33,039, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,156 for a family of four. However, Wells contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Wells home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wells residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wells include Irish, French , German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Wells is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.